The plants I have listed here may not all be strictly Alpines by horticultural right, but more truly are dwarf perennials. I have placed in this Category all the plants that grow less than 30cm high and do well in my own Rock Garden - thus I have listed them as Alpines for the sake of this website.
(An Alpine is more correctly a plant that grows in a high altitude place above the tree line. A place of harsh conditions, low temperatures, short growing season and dryness as well). Some of listed plants are natives of alpine areas of Europe but have adapted over a long period to New Zealand, both by time and breeding. All the listed plants are hardy - if a plant variety has to be "nursed" along in my nursery then they unfortunately get to live in the compost bin!
Double White Woodland Anemone
A dainty little plant which is really quite pretty. Fully double white flowers in springtime. Has a spreading carpeting effect. Ideal in a woodland area or in a cool rock garden. Grows 10cm in height. Hardy and so easy to grow.
Forms a low and bushy mound of lacy green leaves. Grows 25-30cm in height and width. The flowers are single, spurred deep-blue which bloom for months on end. A very useful cut flower.
An interesting plant - each phase is full of character.